Library Information

Library Hours. A complete list of our hours is here.

Rules & Policies. Our library is open to anyone who is using the library to conduct legal research or use the federal depository materials. We ask all visitors to sign in and show a photo ID. We also ask that visitors refrain from talking on their cell phone, eating, or talking loudly while in the library. Drinks are permitted, so long as they are in a container with a lid. Please help us to maintain a quiet and safe study space. A list of our rules is here.

Reference Office Hours. During Fall and Spring semesters, reference librarians are on duty M-Th 9-9, Fri 9-5 and Sunday 2-9. Reference librarians can help paralegal students locate resources in our library but are not able to provide instruction in the use of resources or help interpret homework assignments.

Copy Machines and Printers. Copy machines and printers in the library are operated by the University’s Print Services unit. Visitors must purchase a copy/print card for $1, and then load money to the card. The card dispenser takes only cash, small bills. Copies and printing are ten cents per page. Alternatively, most of our databases allow you to download information and save it to a flash drive.

Internet. Access to the Internet (for general web browsing, email, etc.) is not provided in our library. We also do not provide Wi-Fi access.

Print Materials Location

See our full Subject and Title Location Guide and our Maps.

Federal reporters and statutes are located on the first floor in ranges 101-121.

Federal Practice Digest 4th and 5th are located in range 121.

Virginia materials are located on the second floor in ranges 228-229. We also maintain a Virginia Ready Reference section on the first floor in range 101. Range 101 contains a second copy of: the Code of Virginia; Michie’s Jurisprudence; Virginia and West Virginia Digest; Virginia Forms; and Virginia Rules Annotated. 

Regional reporters and digests are located on the second floor in ranges 202-209. Please note that the regional digests are no longer being updated. Most are updated only through 2005.

State digests and reporters are on the second floor, arranged alphabetically. Except for Virginia, the library no longer updates official state reporters; please use the regional reporter system for recent state cases. The library updates state digests for the following states only: District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia & West Virginia.

Decennial Digests are located on the second floor in range 201.

AmJur, the Restatements, and federal Form Books are on the first floor in range 107.

ALRs and CJS are on the first floor in range 108.

Dictionaries: law and non-law dictionaries are located on dictionary stands throughout the library.

The Library no longer maintains any citators in print (i.e., no Shepard’s in print).

Online Resources

Library catalog. Several dedicated terminals allow patrons to search our online catalog to find books and journals in the library.

Lexis Patron Access. A dedicated terminal on the first floor provides access to Lexis, including select Virginia primary and secondary sources, and Shepard’s.

West Online Public Access. Two dedicated terminals provide access to WestlawNext, including only those databases most relevant to our patrons: all primary materials federal and state, select Virginia secondary sources, and KeyCite.

Library databases. The library subscribes to many legal databases and provides access on several dedicated terminals. The databases include, but are not limited to, Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Law, HeinOnline, Index to Legal Periodicals and Books, and ProQuest Congressional.

Citation Texts

The Bluebook (20th ed.), REFERENCE KF245 .B58.

Understanding and Mastering the Bluebook: A Guide for Students and Practitioners, REFERENCE KF245 .B37 2007 and 3rd floor KF245 .B37 2010.

Prince’s Bieber Dictionary of Legal Abbreviations: A Reference Guide for Attorneys, Legal Secretaries, Paralegals, and Law Students, REFERENCE KF246 .B46 2009; older edition on 3rd floor, KF246 .P73 2006.

Research Texts

Legal Research in a Nutshell, RESERVE KF240 .C54 2013, older 3rd floor KF240 .C54 2010.

Legal Research: How to Find & Understand the Law, REFERENCE KF240 .E35 2009.

Basic Legal Research: Tools and Strategies, RESERVE KF240 .S585 2012, older on 3rd floor KF240 .S66 2009.

The Legal Research and Writing Handbook: A Basic Approach for Paralegals (6th ed.), REFERENCE KF240 .Y45 2012.

Note to Instructors: If you are an instructor of paralegal students who would like to schedule a tour for your students, please contact Cattleya Concepcion, Faculty & Web Services Librarian. If you have questions about our resources, rules, or policies, please contact Melanie Knapp, Head of Reference & Instructional Services.